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Are you making any of these bra mistakes?

Posted by on May. 9, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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7 Bra Mistakes You're Probably Making & Tips on How to Fix Them

by Mary Fischer

braUgh. Bras. We can't live without 'em, but to say finding one that fits well, lifts and separates the way it's supposed to, and makes us look amazing in our clothes seems like an impossible feat, to say the least.

But as it turns out, a lot of us are making bra shopping way more difficult than it has to be. (Everything is our fault. Face it.)

Last week, I had the pleasure of chatting with Jené Luciani, style expert and author of The Bra Book -- and she gave me some easy tips for how to find the perfect bras -- and how to care for them properly so we remain happy with them.

OMG, you guys -- so many of us are making major bra mistakes. (I definitely am.)

  1. Look in the mirror -- If your bra is not laying straight across your back, if your boobs are spilling out of the top, or if the straps are cutting into you and the band is giving you bra-line-bulge -- you're wearing the wrong size bra. (Guilty as charged.)
  2. Get professionally fitted -- This means going to a specialty or department store that has certified bra fitters, not your local lingerie joint where some 18-year-old lets you into the dressing room and tries to sell you her most expensive bra. And it's important that whoever measures you actually busts out the measuring tape instead of trying to guess your size by looking at you.
  3. Be open minded -- What you think your bra size is and what your bra size actually is are probably two different things. And don't be surprised if your band size is smaller than you think and your cup size is larger. Don't laugh or cringe when you find out your real size after being professionally measured. Just go with it.
  4. Stick to your band size -- Alright, confession time. I measure at a 34, but always buy a 36 because the 34 feels so tight. But bras are supposed to feel snug at first. They'll stretch out after an hour or so, at which point they'll fit correctly. If you buy a size up, when it stretches out, it winds up being too big. (No wonder I'm always tugging on mine.)
  5. Stock up -- Jené recommends that every woman have the following in her lingerie drawer: 2 nude bras; 2 black bras; one strapless or convertible style; and 1 seamless, wireless bra for comfort. (Yes, you need more than one or two, ladies.)
  6. Re-measure and Replace -- Jené also says it's a good rule of thumb to get measured and replace your bras about once a year. And if you experience pregnancy, weight loss or gain, or another life change, it's probably a good idea to get measured again.
  7. Wash often -- Ok, so I really suck at this one. Did you know you're supposed to wash your bras in between every single use? I didn't. I wear those babies over and over again. (Gross?) The oil from our skin breaks down the elasticity of the fabric if we don't wash them every time, which means they won't last as long, which means we have to go out and spend more money on new ones a lot sooner. (Fail.)

Are you making any of these bra mistakes?

by on May. 9, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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by on May. 9, 2013 at 4:14 PM
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Much of this is SO true!

I went to a Lane Bryant and found out I should be in a 38D instead of the 42C I was buying.

I don't buy a bunch of expensive bras b ut I have two really good ones. The rest I like buying at Ross Dress for Less cause they are cheap and it's no big deal if they tear up :)

by Silver Member on May. 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM
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Oh i hate when I see women with what hubby and I call double boob... Where the boob is 1/2 in the cup and then spilling out to create another boob on the top of the bra! Drives me batty! 

The other part I cant stand is the back boob- where someones bra is so tight, it creates a boob under the back of the bra cause it is pushing all the fat down...

Now, I am a busty girl myself. 38dd and 124 lbs with a size 6 waist... So, a good fit for bra is sooo important! 

I have about 20 bras... 5 (ligh pink, nude, white) of which I rotate for day use... 5 for the gym, and then special occassion bras... I love soma for good quality bras... Occassionally Ill find a good one at tjmaxx.. But thats pure luck. Lol

by Bronze Member on May. 9, 2013 at 4:21 PM
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Who the heck has only 2 bras?  Then again, my chest coverings consist of sports bras and nursing camis and come in sizes like "m" rather than whatever size I am now.  They do get washed often.

by AnnaLisa on May. 9, 2013 at 4:26 PM

 i wear mine for 2 days..and up until today i only had 2 bras...but i just bought 2 more today :)  however, i have tons of sports bras as well!!

by on May. 10, 2013 at 1:28 AM

I'm bad at #7

by on May. 10, 2013 at 4:19 AM
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all of em. i honestly wear a 32 F. but wtf is THAT? oh gravy! toooo spendy. and uh, i'm a sweat-er. gotta wash every time. i WEAR a 32 F. i BUY a 34 D. i'm in constant danger of losing a boobie. but hell, hubby gotta harley, time for ME to get new bubbies. the kind that enter a room 3 seconds before i do. and damn skippy iffen i have to pay that much for em YUP they BETTER look really fake. heh. right now, they look like oranges in a worn out pair of nylons. oh plz. mr hubby gonna pay for em to get RIGHT up under my chinnychoppers... just HOVER like God never invented gravity! LOL!

by Amber on May. 10, 2013 at 6:54 AM
I'm not a constant washer but I think I'm good on size...
by Bronze Member on May. 10, 2013 at 9:20 AM
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What I don't understand is why some women feel it is OK to wear a printed bra under a thin blouse.  

by on May. 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM
Do not get sized at VS. I have gone there and they always tell me some crazy size. I have been told anywhere from a 38A to a 40B. The bands are swimming on me. I got to Fredericks and they size me and give me two different bras to try. I am a 34C. I have gone to a different bra place and they have sizes me also and have me the 34C as well. That is the size that fits me and I don't have any problems with them.
I am bad at #7. I will go 3 days of so before washing.
by Member on May. 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM
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I agree with all of this. I have to get nice bras-don't want anybody "falling down on the job" so to say.

Another thing that is gross to me is women who wear dirty, nasty, yellowed bras with the straps showing or falling down their shoulder......blech...

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